Sunday, February 24, 2013

Despite Burning The Jamaican Flag

Despite the shocking revelation that a company would burn and trample a national symbol of a country in an advertisement to sell its product which shows very little or the lack thereof regards for that country and its people, the power of love prevails. The flag of Jamaica was adopted August 6, 1962 as a symbol of Jamaica's Independence from the British protected Federation of the West Indies. Black, green and gold are Pan-African colours representing the country's black majority population.  

Etiquette:  Jamaica's state ensign is a Blue Ensign with the Jamaican national flag in the canton; it is normally only used by the Jamaican Government.  

Unfettered Relationships
But inspite of such an unconscionable and disrespectful act, there are some Jamaicans who will forever love and respect the many Germans who have loved and supported our music and culture over the years.  If there is only but one artiste in Germany that every Jamaican should know, that artiste has got to be Gentleman.  A Jamaican at heart, Gentleman symbolizes the joy of a Jamaican/German relationship. Jamaicans have heard or come to know of many other German Reggae and Dancehall artistes who have not only visited the island but have brought Jamaica's music and culture back to Germany to share with those who are not as privileged, this relationship is unfettered.  

Over the year the Jamaican music industry have forged favourable relationships with producers, promoters, agents, sound system selectors, entertainment news editors, artistes and entertainers, musicians and fans from Germany that will continue to grow. The industry recognizes one of Germany's most popular Reggae/Dancehall group Seeed among several other musicians, artistes, dancers and dancehall queen such as Swaggi Maggi (featured here) that have impacted and left a favourable impression on us.  

The Jamaica Observer today has placed in the spotlight a German native Birgitt Pydde of Grevenbroich, a town that is said to be located in the North Rhine-Wesphalia region of Germany.  Birgit, the Observer reports, credits the music's positive tones for seeing her through difficult times and continued to speak to Reggae music's positive influence on Birgitt's life read more    

Despite the fact that the pride of the Jamaican people has been burned and trampled upon, love, peace and harmony reigns within the hearts of all well thinking Jamaican #1Love.

By: Sophia McKay